Interview Preparation Questions

The Day of the Interview

  • Leave for the interview in good time. You want to arrive with at least 5-10 minutes to spare. If you arrive too early then see if you can find a nearby café to have a soft drink - try to avoid too much caffeine.
  • Don’t wear perfume or aftershave! Your perfume or aftershave could subconsciously remind the interviewer of someone they don’t like. Strange but true! Or they might not like the perfume or aftershave you are wearing and this could put them off you.
  • Take a small bottle of water with you. Interviewers should provide water for you but just in case they don’t having your own can help if your mouth feels dry. (If you do need to drink some water during the interview just ask if they’d mind if you had some water).

During the Interview

  • Don’t say: “I’m really nervous”. This is taken as a given. In most cases, interviewers are aware of this and stating it can give the impression that you lack confidence or are overly timid.
  • Have a copy of your CV or application with you to refer to and holding it can give you something to do with your hands.
  • Ensure your mobile phone is switched off.
  • Don’t give one word answers as this can frustrate the interviewer who is trying to find out if you are suitable for the job. Instead, see every question as an opportunity to give examples of your achievements as to why you are the perfect employee.
  • If you don’t understand a question then say so instead of trying to avoid it.
  • Be enthusiastic and positive - nothing is more attractive to a potential new employer than to have an employee who is not only competent but shows that they would really like to work for them.


  • Creativity is an important aspect that contributes towards the progress of the organizations. Questions are asked to test your creativity. Your employer would like to know how inventive and imaginative you are.
The questions could be in the following lines. Give TEN different uses of:
  • The tie that you are wearing.
  • The belt that you are wearing.
  • Your Bio-data file.
  • Dust bin.
  • Car tyre.
  • Paper weight.
  • Stapler.
  • Water Bottle on the table.
  • Safety Helmet.
  • Ballpoint Pen.